Popular Mechanics, an American magazine, called the salvo launch of four R-30 Bulava-30 ballistic missiles from the K-551 Vladimir Monomakh, a Project 955 Borei strategic submarine missile cruiser in the Russian Navy, “a preview of the end of civilization.”
As the publication noted, the missiles flew over almost the entire territory of Russia, from a place north of Japan to a place near Finland, and stressed that “it is good that it was only a test.”
The authors of the publication call the R-30 Bulava-30 an analogue of the U.S. UGM-133A Trident II D5 missile.
On December 14, CNN TV channel, citing military sources, reported that a threat warning went off at the U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Saturday because of the training launch of the Bulava ballistic missiles from the nuclear-powered submarine cruiser Vladimir Monomakh. According to the TV channel’s sources, after receiving the threatening attack warning, “several minutes of uncertainty and anxiety” began at the airbase.
The four missiles were launched at once on December 12 as part of routine combat training activities for the first time. The destination point was the Chizha range in the Arkhangelsk region. The flight of the Bulava ballistic missiles proceeded as planned and the warheads successfully arrived at the target area. During the preparation and execution of the salvo rocket firing, the ASC crew demonstrated high professionalism and naval training.
Later, the Ministry of Defense published footage of the missile launch.
The Vladimir Monomakh strategic missile submarine is a fourth-generation nuclear-powered submarine. It was launched in December 2012.
In mid-November 2015, its crew fired two Bulava ballistic missiles from an underwater position from the White Sea at the Kura test site in Kamchatka. The first Bulava was launched in September 2014.